The Applied Ethnomusicology Section is devoted to work in
ethnomusicology that puts music to use in a variety of contexts, academic and
otherwise, including education, cultural policy, conflict resolution, medicine,
arts programming, and community music. Members in the Applied Ethnomusicology
Section work to organize panel sessions and displays at SEM conferences that
showcase this kind of work and to discuss the issues that surround it, as well
as to foster connections between individuals involved in applied work and
between individuals and institutions.
Applied Ethnomusicology Group Page
Bibliography: The Field of Applied Ethnomusicology
|John Fenn (Indiana University)
shares his experiences as an organizer for the Lotus World Music and
Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana at the 2002 SEM in Estes Park
Jeff Todd Titon
Florida State University
University of New Haven
Phone: (203) 479-4156
Our Mission Statement, as developed by the 38 founding members of the Committee
on Applied Ethnomusicology, October 24, 1998 under the direction of then
Co-Chairs Martha Ellen Davis and Doris J. Dyen:
The Applied Ethnomusicology Section joins scholarship with
practical pursuits by providing a forum for discussion and exchange of theory,
issues, methods and projects among practitioners and serving as the
"public face" of ethnomusicology in the larger community.
Section activities in these categories may include:
sessions and workshops at national and regional meetings
Sponsoring a display table in the book exhibit room at national and
regional meetings, for publications and other products resulting from
Section members and other colleagues and students of SEM with regard to
career options, course development focusing on skills for applied work and
avenues for community outreach.
with academic colleagues to explore practical applications for scholarly
collaboration among Section members for defining and developing projects
the study of applied projects and their sponsoring organizations and
archives as subjects for scholarly research.
links with like-minded sections of other professional organizations, such
as the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Public Programs Section of
the American Folklore Society.
the hiring of ethnomusicologists in various domains of the public and
institutional partnerships between colleges/universities and public and
private sector organizations in the wider community.
Defining Applied Ethnomusicology
Applied Ethnomusicology is elusive
to define. Here is how some of the section members attempt this definition:
are interested in both knowledge for its own sake and also applying this
knowledge in a constructive manner."
are a group of ethnomusicologists with a strong desire to make the world a
better place through our work."
music is culture and culture is a product of society, we must realize how
the study of music and those involved with it can benefit the world."
strive to empower individuals and communities."
me, what distinguishes applied work is the advocacy & social justice
aspect of it."
see music and musicians and ourselves as profoundly involved in social
listen… advocate… empower…educate and connect people."
To join the applied ethnomusicology section listserv, send an email message to:
$10-$15 suggested (Dues are optional)
Section reports can be found in the members-only section of this website.
Applied Ethnomusicology Section Paper/Project Prize
Bess Lomax Hawes
Award in Applied Ethnomusicology